Jul 21, 2011 11:00am EDT
against, well, another reminder of the grim economic reality we're all facing. jon: those new weekly jobless claims just out today came out higher than expected, 418,000 americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits. wendall goler live at the white house right now, explain the president's offer for this short-term extension of the debt ceiling. >> reporter: well, you pretty much had it. the president won't agree to extend the time of the august 2nd deadline for lawmakers to reach a deficit-cutting agreement, but if they agree on a deal, he'll give them a few more days to turn it into legislation and put it on his desk. and the best hope, it appears, for a bipartisan compromise appears to be the so-called gang of six proposal which would trim the deficit about $3 be.7 trillion -- $3.7 trillion. it includes more than a trillion dollars in increased tax revenue, but the president, the white house and some republican members of the gang of six hope they can sell it to house republicans, the vast majority of whom have signed a new no new taxes pledge. >> i don't want to give polit
Jul 21, 2011 8:00am PDT
, hope you're off to a good thursday, i'm jenna lee. jon: and i'm jon scott, we're here in the fox newsroom, and "happening now," buying time on the debt crisis. the obama administration signaling it is open now to a short-term deal that would raise the debt ceiling. only, though, if congressional leaders can agree on a, quote, significant deficit reduction plan. the short-term deal would give congress time to pass a larger plan and avert possible government default august 2nd, but right now 12 days from that deadline, there is no deal on anything. jenna: ifs and maybes. in the meantime, fox news poll showing 60% of americans would vote against raising the debt limit. the showdown over the future of america's financial security come against, well, another reminder of the grim economic reality we're all facing. jon: those new weekly jobless claims just out today came out higher than expected, 418,000 americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits. wendall goler live at the white house right now, explain the president's offer for this short-term extension of the debt ceiling.
Jul 21, 2011 10:00am PDT
jon: they need some ovel-ready projects over there, don't they? jenna: i think that's part of the problem. thanks for joining us, everyryryryryryryryry jenna. in the meantime, check this out. this is a fox news alert on the deadly dome of heat out there that united states america, can you believe this? it is also threatening the nation's power grid. welcome to "america live" today, i'm martha maccallum on this hot day in for megyn kelly. 141 million americans are in this dome, folks. it covers more than two dozen states. sweaty, miserable, just trying to stay cool out there at this hour. 33 states are under serious heat watches and warnings. the sweltering weather quickly starting to spread east. her folks, power companies are urging people to turn down your air-conditioning to just the amount that you really need with concerns that overuse may put a significant stress on the nation's power grid. the unbearable heat has also claimed lives, we are now learning, at least 22 deaths are being attributed to the heat. the east coast can is now bracing for record heat here as well
Jul 21, 2011 9:00am EDT
're off to a good thursday, i'm jenna lee. jon: and
Jul 21, 2011 1:00pm EDT
just crossing the wire, the campaign manager for former utah governor jon huntsman, her name is susie wiels, and she is resigning. we are working to independently confirm this story. that report is coming in from "the washington post." we'll let you know what we get when we get it. >>> all right. now let's go to the latest in the u.k. phone hacking investigation of news corp. international which is -- news international, i should say, which is owned by news corp., the parent company of fox news. greg talcott on this story for us today live from london. hi, greg. >> reporter: hey, martha. investigators continue to look at that phone hacking scandal amid new reports of a possibly broader scope to that probe. this comes after a week of dramatic testimony, we've heard from the chairman, chief executive of news corp., rupert murdoch, on tuesday, and yesterday in the house of commons, british prime minister david cameron was on the hot seat. questions continue today about his dealings with news corp. executives. his government is sticking to the line there were no inappropriate discussions.
Jul 21, 2011 2:05am PDT
the question? has the migraine ever kept you from work? >> we'll see if she does. jon karl says he follows her closely on the campaign trail and no one works harder or more vigorously out there. so far, so good. >>> other news now, the postmaster general is pushing now to cut back mail delivery to just five days a week. he says the post offffe lost $8 billion last year and is on track for a similar loss this year. that's because mail volume is down mostly because of people using the internet for letters and to pay their bills. >>> it is a bittersweet morning for nasa astronauts and crew members as the final shuttle mission comes to an end. it's the end of the historic shuttle program that dates back to the 1980s. while the crew says gogo-bye to the shuttle, many nasa employees ll be saying good-bye to their jobs. >> reporter: on their last full day aboard the space shuttle "atlantis" the crew practiced landings on a computer laptop, peered out the windows and read poetry. the men on the ground who will lead "atlantis" back through the landing said thursday morning would be tough. >> i don't th